Sally Butler Harpole

September 18, 1936June 22, 2020

Sally Harriett Butler Harpole died in Houston on June 22, 2020 at the age of 83. Sally was born in Houston on September 18, 1936, the first child of Leo John Butler Sr. and Harriett Isabel Gregory.

Sally spent her early years in east Houston, attending Burnet Elementary, Edison Junior High and Austin High School where she was a member of the Scottish Brigade drill team before her family moved to Baytown and she graduated from Lee High School. Sally then attended Lee College in Baytown where she graduated with an associate’s degree in 1956. It was in the college library that Sally met Harry N. Harpole, who had moved to Baytown and was working near the college. Harry and Sally were married in Baytown on June 9, 1956 and relocated to Shreveport, La. where they lived until 1967 when they returned to Houston and moved to Westbury. Sally and Harry moved to west Houston in 1993 and then to Clear Lake in 2017 to be near children and grandchildren.

Sally was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also was a selfless, Godly woman who cared for others through prayer and humble service. She was personable and loved to socialize with friends from church, her community, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and Bible Study Fellowship. She was a tireless volunteer in her children’s activities, including scouting, little league baseball and school PTA. She was a Texas Master Gardener and served as president of the Harris County Chapter in 2009. For more than 20 years Sally and Harry were food service volunteers at the Tallowood Baptist Church Wednesday Culinary Ministry. She and Harry were dedicated poll workers in west Houston on election days for many years. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. While Sally had a successful career outside the home, her favorite occupation was the years spent as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Sally is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harry N. Harpole; children Jeri Sharp (Larry) and David Harpole (Christine) of Houston, and Doug Harpole (Susan) of Amissville, Va.; grandchildren Adam Sharp (Bethany), Oliver Sharp, Elizabeth Snell (Ethan), Stephen Harpole (Jessica), Annette Harpole, Ashley Harpole, Natalie Harpole and Nathan Harpole. Great grandchildren include Carson Snell, Lucy Harpole, Meredith Snell and Hallie Harpole. Other survivors include siblings Leo Butler Jr. (Jan), Sandra Jennings (Jimmy) and Woody Butler (Catherine). She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sue Hollaway (Don).

Funeral services will be held June 29, 2020 at Forest Park East Chapel, 21620 Gulf Freeway at 10:00 AM followed by interment. Dr. Duane Brooks from Tallowood Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation will precede the service at 9:00 AM.


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, June 29, 2020


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Candi Bishop Harrison

June 28, 2020

Dear Harpole/Butler family,
It was with great sadness that I learned of cousin Sally's passing. I have many fond memories of visiting the Butler home in Baytown as a child and playing with my cousins. Sally was 14 years older than I, but I do remember her and attending her and Harry's wedding.
I'm so glad that Jeri found me through several years ago. I had lost all track of the family and was excited to reconnect.
My prayers are with you during this time.
Cousin Candi Bishop Harrison

Carrie Dodson

June 25, 2020

My mom Carol Dodson was part of Beta Sigma Phi with Sally and I remember Sally so immensely because she was so sweet and kind. It is hard to believe that your mom and my mom died within 19 days. I miss my mom so much and if I can be of any help with anyone emotionally, I am here. Mothers are the best in the world to us as children and you never can come to terms that they will or possibly be gone. It is the hardest thing that I have ever come across in my life. May God be with you!

Jeri Sharp

June 24, 2020

Sally and Harry Harpole
David and Christine Harpole, Jeri and Larry Sharp, Susan and Doug Harpole